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Today in high school girls soccer: girl knees opponent in the head on purpose (Matt Holliday approves)

Oct 16, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT


A KSL reporter asks the question during this video report, “What ever happened to having fun while playing sports?” hey, for some people this is fun. It happened in Salt Lake City, where East High girls soccer player Petiola Manuta has apologized to everyone she can find after kneeing Woods Cross player Makenzie Clark in the head. Was it intentional? As Richard Dreyfus said in Jaws: “This was no boating accident!”

Manuta said she was frustrated because Clark had been guarding her so closely.

Manu apologized Monday afternoon, telling reporters “I let my emotions get the best of me and I took it too far. And I just want to apologize to her and everyone. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”

“It was a physical game and I let my emotions get the best of me. It was nothing personal. I was just really frustrated with the game. I wasn’t thinking. I was just running on adrenaline, and the game was tied at the time.”

No red card on the play, by the way. But the East High administration and the Utah High School Athletic Association are both investigating the incident. Also, out of habit, Roger Goodell suspended Jonathan Vilma.

  1. mybrunoblog - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    The story doesn’t mention a concussion or other injury so both players are lucky. That said it was a real cheap shot and a 5 or 10 game suspension from the team or athletic conference seems right. Also, Manuta should be on some type of athletic probation. Apologizing is the first step now Manuta should face the consequences.

  2. clickablecontent - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    James Harrison also paid a $15,000 fine, for old time’s sake.